SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses various moments shown in a new clip for “Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker” that could be seen as potential spoilers for the film. If you want to avoid plot details for the movie, you may not want to read this article.
THE GALAXY — “Star Wars” fans got another taste of the saga’s upcoming installment Saturday when new footage from “The Rise of Skywalker” debuted at D23, Disney’s biannual fan convention in Anaheim, California.
The footage was exclusive to people who were in attendance at the convention — until Monday morning, when Disney posted the footage online.
The clip is branded as a “D23 Special Look,” and it’s somewhere between a teaser trailer and a sneak peek for “The Rise of Skywalker,” Episode IX of the “Star Wars” franchise. The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, hits theaters Dec. 20 and will conclude the current trilogy of the franchise.
The new clip follows the first "The Rise of Skywalker" trailer that came out earlier this spring. As is probably expected, the clip reveals next to nothing about the plot of the upcoming film, instead relying on nostalgia and a few juicy shots of new content to continue drumming up interest for the movie.
It starts off with a shot of the two suns on Tattooine — Luke Skywalker’s home planet first seen in “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.” Shots from all the other “Star Wars” films follow, accompanied by a voice-over from Mark Hamill’s Luke discussing passing the Jedi mantle on to a new generation.
They’re standing on a desert planet with Chewbacca and C-3PO where it appears something akin to the space version of Burning Man is occurring. Hundreds of people are gathered in a large area participating in what looks like a festival or celebration of some sort.
More isolated clips of new footage follow, including a shot of the late Carrie Fisher as Leia, a huge fleet of Star Destroyers and a massive laser gun of some kind appearing to destroy a planet.
The most important clip, though, comes at the end and is sure to lead to a massive amount of speculation and fan theories.
It shows Rey wielding a double-bladed red lightsaber — much like Darth Maul’s signature weapon seen in “The Phantom Menace.” Right before she’s shown with this weapon, Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), who apparently is returning to the franchise, is heard off-screen saying “Your journey nears its end.”
Does this mean Rey becomes an evil Sith lord in the new film? Is she following in the footsteps of the evildoers like Maul and Palpatine who came before her? Or is this a misdirect, made to make us think the perceived savior of the Jedi Order has broken bad?
We’ll likely have to wait until Dec. 20 to get the answers to those questions. What do you think of the new clip? Let us know in the comments.